Daisy Ashford: The Young Visiters. (1645 words)

The Young Visiters, or, Mr Salteenas Plan is a comic novella by the juvenile author Daisy Ashford. Written in 1890 when she was nine, it was discovered and published, with all its spelling errors, in 1919. The book became a best-seller and generated a high-profile debate about its authenticity. It has remained continuously in print, and has been adapted as a play, musical, film, and television drama.

In 1918, Daisy Ashford, who had recently rediscovered her childhood manuscripts, lent the notebook containing The Young Visiters to a friend, Margaret Mackenzie, to cheer her up during an illness. She was so much entertained that she read it aloud to her guests, including the publisher’s editor Frank Swinnerton, who t…

Hammill, Faye. "The Young Visiters. ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 March 2011
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